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Eesti in brief - 2007-05-30

May 30, 2007

Compensating for damage incurred during the April riots is taking longer than planned, the Postimees daily reported May 28. The government initially promised to pay out compensation within 10 working days of receiving a damage report. However Finance Ministry spokeswoman Kristi Kunnapas said government's promise to pay that quickly was overly optimistic, since the documents related to the claims need to be properly checked. At the beginning of May the government allocated 20 million kroons to pay for direct damage resulting from the unrest.

Russia has produced yet another anti-Baltic propaganda film, Eesti Paevaleht has reported. In the new production, titled "The Baltics: Lessons Not Learned," the authors present their story through the eyes of a schoolgirl from Latvia to "refute with the help of emotional and historic propaganda footage the claims about the occupation of the Baltic states." One of the consultants to the authors is Alexander Zdanovich, PR officer of the Russian security service FSB.

Fifteen people were hospitalized with injuries on May 26 after a tour bus veered off a gravel road on Saaremaa island. The 15 injured passengers were taken to a hospital in Kuressaare, the regional capital. A police spokeswoman said their injuries were not serious, consisting mostly of grazes and bruises, and that the victims would probably not require prolonged hospital treatment. The bus was carrying approximately 30 people, all adults, who were employees of a library on a tour of the island. The spokeswoman said that the driver was sober.

Konstantin Goloskokov, a commissar in the pro-Kremlin Russian youth movement Nashi (Ours), has said that he and a few friends staged one of the cyber attacks carried out against Estonia over the past month, the Russian newspaper Vedemosti reported on May 9. The paper said that he was so far the only person to admit being part of the attacks. Goloskokov said he didn't know who else had staged cyber attacks on Estonia. He also said he didn't coordinate his actions with Nashi's leaders. One of the best-known hackers in Russia told the newspaper that the most efficient online attacks on Estonia could not have been carried out without the help of the Russian state.
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